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Visit Kokomo for Family Fun

It is nearly the start of the summer season.  Time for warm days, school vacation, and the great summer festivals going on throughout the state of Indiana.  I can hardly wait for my first elephant ear and lemon shake-up!  Head to Kokomo for a variety of fantastic festivals this summer.  Here is a preview of the festival line-up this year!

Kokomo Strawberry Festival - June 3
Downtown Kokomo – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (or while quantities last)
Amish-baked shortcake topped with strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream make this festival one of my summer favorites!  Big enough to have for lunch, the giant strawberry shortcakes make this festival a big hit!

Western Days Festival – June 4-6
Downtown Russiaville (8 miles west of Kokomo)
Hours: Fri. 3-11 pm, Sat. 9 am - 11 pm & Sun. 11 am – 5 pm
Celebrating 150 years of the “Pony Express”, this annual festival has it all — craft vendors, tons of festival food, car show, parade, antique tractor show, carnival rides, demonstrations, live music, contests, and fireworks.

Kokomo RibFest

Kokomo RibFEST – June 12
Downtown Kokomo – 4:00 pm – Midnight
Even the largest appetite is no match for the endless variety of ribs, pulled pork, and other great food offered during RibFEST!  Live music, kid’s activities, a beer garden, and contests will also fill the evening.

Haynes-Apperson Festival - July 1-3
Downtown Kokomo
Hours: Thurs & Fri. 5-11 pm and Sat. Noon – Midnight
This annual festival celebrates Kokomo’s proud automotive heritage and being the Home of America’s First Car.  Enjoy car shows, food, crafts, carnival rides, fantastic bands, sports tournaments, large parade, and fireworks!

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show

Howard County Fair – July 12-17
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown
Festival goers will get their fill of food, great music, carnival rides, vendors, 4-H animals & exhibits, stunt driving entertainment, antique tractors, Pioneer Village demonstrations & much more!

Taste of Kokomo

The Taste of Kokomo – August 21
Downtown Kokomo – 5:00-11:00 pm
Kokomo restaurants will feature a variety of local specialties, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts!  A variety of bands will perform throughout the night.  A beer garden and kid’s activities will also be offered.  A great way to try a little taste of it all!

For more information on Kokomo festivals, call 800-837-0971 or check out the Kokomo Calendar of Events on our website.

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Written by : Sherry has been the Visitor Information Specialist at the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau since 2002. She enjoys greeting visitors, assisting group tours, and maintaining Kokomo's tourism blog, website, and social media initiatives (Facebook & Twitter). Sherry and her husband, Shane, have one son, Peyton.